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A Cuban inmate remains in his cell at the maximum security 'Combinado del Este' prison, in Havana, on April 9, 2013. Cuban authorities organized a visit for the international media --the only one in the last nine years-- to the biggest prison in Cuba, to show the press the prison population's health and education condition. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuban Ex-Political Prisoner Described Acoustic Torture Resembling Attacks on U.S. Diplomats

In testimony published Thursday, Luís Zúñiga – a Cuban dissident who spent 19 years in political prison – detailed his experience seeing the use of “acoustic attacks” on political prisoners to damage their brains and ultimately kill them. His testimony described a tool that resembled theories of how some U.S. diplomats may have been severely injured by sonic devices in Havana.

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, the entrance to Camp VI detention facility is guarded at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Fears that Donald Trump will make good on his pledge to bring more prisoners to the U.S. base in Cuba have human rights groups making a final push for President Obama to close the detention center before he leaves office. But the odds are against that with 60 prisoners left, only a third currently cleared for release. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Report: Trump Admin to Invest Nearly $500M on Guantanamo Construction

U.S. President Donald Trump’s Pentagon is reportedly expected to spend nearly half a billion dollars on new construction at the American military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a sign that the commander-in-chief may keep his campaign promise to use the prison to house newly captured jihadists.

Members of the 'Ladies in White' dissident group march in Havana, March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

State Department Report Highlights Repression of Christians in Cuba

The U.S. State Department has revealed persistent persecution of Christians in Cuba in its 2016 religious freedom report released Tuesday, highlighting actions to suppress Christian dissident group the Ladies in White in particular and the use of state bureaucracy to prevent the spread of the faith.

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) Razor wire and a guard tower stands at a closed section of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, also known as 'Gitmo' on October 22, 2016 at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. military's Joint Task Force Guantanamo is holding 60 detainees at the prison, down from a previous total of 780. In 2008 President Obama issued an executive order to close the prison, which has failed because of political opposition in the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

State Dept. Requests Funds for Office to Close Gitmo

President Donald Trump’s State Department has requested $1.2 million to operate the now vacant office of the agency’s special envoy for shutting down the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, despite the commander-in-chiefs campaign promise to keep the facility running.

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